Medication Policy

Laura Russo, MSN, RN, School Nurse
Phone: 443-809-4261

Email:[email protected]


Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications:

  • A new Consent for Administration of Approved Discretionary Medications and Health Contact Information (‘DM form’) form must be completed each school year. Any forms from prior school years are invalid and cannot be used to approve medications.
  • The DM form gives permission for School Nurse to administer limited over-the counter (OTC) medications per BCPS & OHS Directors’ orders, including Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Chewable Antacid Tablets, Cough Drops, and Diphenhydramine.
  • All OTC medications not included on the discretionary med form require a separate prescriber-signed authorization form.
  • As you complete a new form for your child, please be aware that we receive hundreds of forms during the first weeks of school, and it may take some time for us to review all forms and update records or plans as needed. PLEASE CONTACT THE NURSE DIRECTLY FOR ANY NEW/SERIOUS HEALTH CONCERNS, OR IF YOU ARE UNSURE IF YOUR CHILD’S NECESSARY HEALTH ACCOMMODATIONS ARE IN PLACE
  •  Additional information:
    • Only listed medications may be administered, and only per BCPS approved doses
    • Only the School Nurse may administer these medications
    • A health assistant or other staff member may not administer any medications if the Nurse is not present, or if not under direct supervision or delegation by the Nurse)
    •  Students may not self-carry these medications
    •  At the discretion of the School Nurse a one-time courtesy call may be made to the parent/guardian to obtain verbal permission; verbal consent must be followed up with a written, signed form for the student to receive medication in the future
    •  Forms may be printed, completed, signed, and delivered to the Nurse via email, fax, or student may drop off


Prescription Medications:

  • A New medication authorization form (Parent’s Request to Administer Medication in School’ or ’Medication Administration Authorization’) must be completed each school year. All medication forms expire at the end of the school year, regardless of date written and signed.
  • All OTC medications not included on the discretionary med form require a separate prescriber-signed authorization form.
  • If your child is prescribed a temporary medication (such as an antibiotic, eye drops, etc.) please have the provider complete this form. A written and signed order from the provider including all required information (student name, DOB, medication name, dose, route, time, and frequency) may be substituted for the BCPS/State form.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact Nurse Russo at 443-809-4261.